Ventura: The Average Cost of Water

By Dan Cormode

Certain responses from Ventura Water Staff to a request for public information cause one to question the quality and veracity of the results of the 2018 Ventura Water Rate Study for the Water and Wastewater Enterprise Funds currently under preparation by Ventura Water. 

Ventura Water was requested to identify the estimated current average cost of water per acre-foot produced from the following sources: Casitas MWD; Ventura River/Foster Park Wellfield; Groundwater; Recycled Water and Desalination.  State Water cost should have also been included.

Ventura Water responded with the following chart which illustrated: the cost of Non-Potable Recycled water to be from $400 to $2,200 per acre-foot; the cost of Potable Recycled Water from $750 to $1,550 per acre-foot; the cost of Projected Imported Water from $800 to $2,000 per acre-foot; the cost of Groundwater from $150 to $1,250 per acre-foot; and, the cost of Ocean Desal Water from $1,600 to $2,500 per acre-foot.

When questioned about the chart, Ventura Water responded that the info provided was the best they have right now and are recalculating costs for individual sources as part of the rate study when challenged that the information received did not identify the requested estimated current average cost of water per acre-foot produced from the various sources.

From the data provided, it appears that Ventura Water does not know the historical average cost of water produced from the various sources and has no data to use as a basis for performing a recalculation.

Also, the maximum cost of Non-Potable Recycled Water being greater than the maximum cost of water from all other sources except Ocean Desal is questionable.

Persons questioning the high cost of water should attend the regular meetings of the Water Commission held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall and express their concern.

Ventura Water is being requested to identify the estimated historical or current average cost of water per acre-foot produced by or purchased from each of the following sources: Casitas MWD; Ventura River/Foster Park Wellfield; Groundwater; Recycled Water, State Water and Desalination.

 

Daniel Cormode is a Ventura resident and the Chairman of the Planning & Development Committee for The East Ventura Community Council. He  has dedicated his life to researching Ventura water issues.


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